Grandpa was a carpenter
He built houses stores and banks
Chain smoked Camel cigarettes
And hammered nails in planks

John Prine - Grandpa Was a Carpenter lyrics meaning

Meaning

Grandpa Was a Carpenter is another of Prine's story songs, this one from his third album, "Sweet Revenge" - 1973. This is a song about fond memories, for both his grandfather and grandmother. He uses short phrasings of specific memories of them to describe their characters.

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